Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association


CBHMA President’s Message Winter 2019

Ted Heath, President


Photo by Sue Heath    

               Get Ready Now for Battle Weekend

Hello, fellow CBHMA members and welcome to 2019!

The first order of business for the New Year is to mark your calendars for June 22, 2019. That's battle weekend, and while those hot summer days may seem as distant as the Indian village was to Custer and his scouts looking from the Crow's nest, they'll be upon us sooner than you think. Please plan to attend and, if you are, start now reserving your hotel rooms.

For those of you who might be on the fence about attending, here's a little peek at what you'll get if you show up. There will be the "normal" activities--a hamburger party, the informational deep dive on the author's forum and, of course, the super-popular dinner and auction.

This year's auction will have new look. Long-time auctioneer Mike Koury retired and Kevin Connelly has stepped in. Kevin, who has served on our board numerous terms, won't miss a beat as he counts your bids during what is always a fun and entertaining evening.

But, as they say on those late night infomercials, there's more. I have been advised that this year's field trip will include a trip to the site of the Hayfield fight, Fort C.F. Smith and Yellowtail Dam guided by Tom Heski and Don Fisk. On a personal note, we're lucky to have Tom and Don leading the way.

Speaking of the weekend, you will notice that we have reduced the hamburger party by $5. rather than receiving a $5 poker ship to use at the auction, as was the case in previous years, you'll now get a $5 coupon with your name on it, as part of your dinner ticket. It's the same value, the same privilege, just a different format.

Time to Run for the Board

Of course, there are some other orders of business--like running for the Board of Directors. C'mon, do it! If you're planning on running--and frankly I hope you are--I need your picture and a summary not to exceed 250 words by March 1.

Park Help Wanted

Battlefield Superintendent Wayne Challoner needs volunteers to help out at the battlefield and believes that this organization has a collective knowledge that should be shared.

Wayne wants to establish a distance learning program that uses park staff's knowledge combined with the latest in Internet communications, and, he hopes, some contributions from the CBHMA to interest a new generation about what happened at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

I have included his office phone number [406-638-3201]. If you would like to find out how you can help, please give Wayne a call.

I was also informed that one of my favorite rangers, Jerry Jasmer, has retired. The superintendent is hoping to keep Jerry on in some capacity. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jerry for his service at the Battlefield and with the CBHMA and our involvement with the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Garry Owen,